A 72-year-old Red Bank pediatric surgeon indicted two months ago on charges of criminal sexual contact with a 17-year-old female patient is is now facing similar allegations brought by three other purported victims, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in a statement Thursday.
Rasheem Palmer, 37, died at 2:47 a.m. Friday at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, two and a half hours after he was found lying wounded in the roadway at the the entrance to the Country Club Apartments, according to prosecutor’s spokesman Charles Webster.
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Though they were tucked at a table in a corner of a ballroom filled with young women teeming with excitement, Phyllis Merola and Dennis Evanchik were the standouts.
At 50 and 60 years old, respectively, they could have been the parents of just about any of the prospective brides sipping coffee and chatting at a soft roar in the Molly Pitcher Inn Saturday. And the story of how the two ended up at the Molly, to plan a May 7 wedding at the Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury, is one ripped from the pages of a Hollywood script.
They were friends for 30 years and had their own families. But within about a year of each other, the two went through divorces and, some time after, Evanchik made a proposition to Merola.
“He said, ‘if you can date a perfect stranger, why not date me?’ ” Merola said.
In November, another proposition: Will you marry me?
And so on Saturday, when 10 o’clock hit, the couple followed the procession out of the riverside hotel and headed for downtown Red Bank for the borough’s third Wedding Walk, ready to spend a full day tying up loose ends for their springtime nuptials just like many of the 200 others who registered for the event.
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
A rash of suicides by gay teens, and its spotlight in the national media, is simultaneously a tragedy and opportunity, said Kate Okeson, who heads Rumson-Fair Haven regional high’s Gay-Straight Alliance.
So when journalist and author Beth Greenfield, a native of Eatontown, comes to the school Friday night to speak about living as an out journalist and memoirist, the event takes on a little more importance than usual, Okeson said.
Police say a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses robbed Wachovia bank branch at Broad Street and East Bergen Place at about 1:30p.
He did not display a weapon, said Red Bank police Captain Darren McConnell. The robber fled with an undisclosed sum.